Feb 20, 2013 5:30pm PST
: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: it was the starkest statement yet on the possible effect of automatic federal budget cuts, due to begin in nine days, on march first. defense secretary leon panetta notified his entire civilian work force that employees could be sent home without pay. the warning was aimed at defense department workers at the pentagon and around the world. secretary panetta sent them a written message, as he left for a nato defense ministers meeting in brussels. in it, he said there are limited options for coping with the looming across-the-board cuts. and, he said: >> on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> woodruff: within hours, top pentagon officials were out, saying employees could lose one day of work per week for 22 weeks. civilians will experience
Feb 21, 2013 6:00am PST
now. >> big bird goes on to jump and dance, sort of. it will air on 320 pbs stations the first lady will spent the next week traveling to highlight the progress the program has made in the last three years. house democrats are working to keep at attention on republicans refusal to work with the president to stop with the sequester. the dccc is lawn -- launching an ad today talking about what will have. the online video targets tea party republicans in 27 congressional districts. house republicans are intent on moving ahead with their legislative agenda just assuming the sequester will happen, and the spending cuts will stay in place through the end of the year. we'll be back with more show after the break. we'll see you on the other side. stay with us. ♪ going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out.